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How we're doing...

Friday, September 9, 2011

:::Edit: David starts radiation on Monday to get rid of the rest of his brain tumor!  Also, Leah, a sweet 3 year old in our community of friends received her long awaited heart last night.  Our prayers are with both of these families.:::

We often get the question, "how are you guys doing?"  Actually, It's usually more like, "how are you guys doing?"  I always appreciate that question because, most of the time, people really want to know.

My answer has changed over the course of Bennett's life.  But, for the last few months, it has consistently stayed the same: "Good.  We're doing really good.  And Bennett is doing particularly well!"

And there have been some recent changes in our lives that have helped us cope even better... 

First, Oliver has started school, which has been a blessing to both him and myself.  He gets an opportunity to meet new friends and learn new things.  I get the opportunity to spend more time with Bennett.

Second, we now have a sweet young woman who is helping us with the burden of caring for Bennett's most time consuming needs: his feeds and treatments.  Her presence and attention to detail has been a huge blessing to us and allowed us to focus on other things outside of Bennett and his Cystic Fibrosis.

Third, I have begun exercising.  For the first time since Bennett was born, I have begun exercising regularly.  Bennett's needs are so intense and time consuming that I have yet, until now, been able to work out (even get out) regularly.  So, I am very thankful that I am now able to begin the process of getting myself healthy as well.

Fourth, in addition to getting my body healthy, I am also spending designated time focusing on my heart.  I have begun counseling and have started processing all that has happened over the last two years, since we first learned of Bennett's illness.  This has been a very healing process and I am very thankful for it.

My counselor mentioned to me recently that Brian and I have been in "survival mode" for the last two years, struggling just to hang in there, unable to really deal with the things going on underneath.  I am very grateful that Bennett's health has improved to the point that Brian and I can begin to focus more on ourselves and our marriage so that we can gain strength to prepare for what lies ahead.

I am so appreciative for these little changes in our lives.  I think these changes will help me be a better mother and increase my capacity to handle the challenges we may run into down the road.  Because I know life with CF is very unpredictable, I am acutely aware of the blessing of good health and peace.

We really are doing really well!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.   James 1:17

One Response to “How we're doing...”

  1. It's does my heart good to hear that you are doing well!!! In my opinion, working out again, having help, and counseling can work wonders. :) Good to read updates...let's not let ten years go by again. Someday, I'm heading to Waco and you need to join me for Baylor's "Sing" or "Pigskin" :)

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